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Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen (2006)

A documentary on the German national team's World Cup 2006 journey, all the way from boot camp in Sardinia to the 3rd-place play-off.


Sönke Wortmann


Sönke Wortmann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timo Hildebrand Timo Hildebrand ... Self
Oliver Kahn ... Self
Jens Lehmann ... Self
Arne Friedrich Arne Friedrich ... Self
Robert Huth Robert Huth ... Self
Marcell Jansen ... Self
Philipp Lahm ... Self
Per Mertesacker ... Self
Christoph Metzelder ... Self
Jens Nowotny Jens Nowotny ... Self
Michael Ballack ... Self
Tim Borowski Tim Borowski ... Self
Torsten Frings ... Self
Thomas Hitzlsperger ... Self
Sebastian Kehl Sebastian Kehl ... Self


A documentary on the German national team's World Cup 2006 journey, all the way from boot camp in Sardinia to the 3rd-place play-off.

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Did You Know?


As director Sönke Wortmann was allowed to film Germany's national side "backstage", he almost became a team member. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann asked him to produce short films to motivate the team before every match during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. See more »


The game Germany-Ecuador is dated as on June, 9th. In fact, it took place on June, 20th. Ecuador was the home team, so the correct designation is Ecuador-Germany. See more »


Referenced in Neues aus der Anstalt: Turbulente Zeiten (2008) See more »

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Summer 2006 - The greatest of them all
6 December 2006 | by warstrikesbackSee all my reviews

In the course of four weeks (June 9 until July 9, 2006) Germany was nothing but a huge party. Celebrating the fantastic achievements of our national soccer team.

Sönke Wortmann, the director of this documentation, accompanied the team during this time. "Deutschland - Ein Sommermärchen" gives us a glance behind the curtain.

The beginning is at the same time the most tragical moment. The defeat against Italy along with the grieving players and coaches.

Afterwards the movie chronologically goes the way from the training camp until the semi - final. We are able to see the players in their training sessions, tactical discussions among the coaching staff, and lots of fooling around from the young players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski. We can see that a team was growing. We can see the intense sense of community and solidarity among them.

The documentation doesn't focus on the soccer scenes alone. However, it doesn't neglect them. We see the goals again, the enthusiastic fans, the hilarious atmosphere which infected the whole country.

I'm glad we also see a lot of what happened apart from the football ground. It's interesting to see what happened in the dressing room while we (the fans watching on TV) were fetching another drink or going to the toilet or whatever we did during the breaks.

Altogether I can recommend this documentation to everyone who had fun in the great summer 2006. And I recommend it to everyone who considers the Germans to be some non-smiling accurate work-robots.

It was a unique experience. A whole nation was backing up its soccer team. National flags were waving from every car, every house. It was, as if Germany had completely changed over night. That's why we call it a summer fairy-tale - "Ein Sommermärchen".

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Release Date:

5 October 2006 (Germany) See more »

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Germany: A Summer's Fairytale See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »


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1.85 : 1
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